Shop Fantasy Central Golf Guide Email Travel Subscribe SI About Us Baseball - MLB Fantasy All-Time Stats Minors College World Baseball

 
  U.S. SPORTS
  baseball
scores
probables
schedules
standings
stats
injuries
transactions
salaries
players
teams
scoreboards
pro football S
col. football S
pro basketball S
m. college bb S
w. college bb S
hockey S
golf plus S
tennis S
soccer S
motor sports
olympic sports
women's sports
more sports
 WORLD SPORT

EVENTS
 Sportsman of the Year
 Heisman Trophy
 Swimsuit 2001

CENTERS
 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Video Plus
 Statitudes
 Your Turn
 Message Boards
 Email Newsletters
 Golf Guide
 Cities
 

CNNSI.com GROUP
 Sports Illustrated
 Life of Reilly
 SI Women
 SI for Kids
 Press Room
 TBS/TNT Sports
 CNN Languages

COMMERCE
 SI Customer Service
 SI Media Kits
 Get into College
 Sports Memorabilia
 TeamStore

Inside pitch

Torre wants Mussina to join Yankees' staff

Click here for more on this story
Posted: Monday November 20, 2000 7:32 PM

  Mike Mussina Mike Mussina acknowledges the crowd following his final start at Camden Yards on Sept. 30. AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees manager Joe Torre sounds like a college coach trying to recruit Mike Mussina.

"I hope he's interested. We are, obviously," the New York manager said Monday at a news conference for the release of the World Series video.

Various Yankees have reached out to the right-hander, who turns 32 next month, trying to convince him that the New York area is a nice place to live. Many Yankees live in suburbs less than a 30-minute drive from Yankee Stadium in midafternoon.

"I just wanted him to know that New York is more than just Manhattan and traffic," Torre said. "New York isn't just a place with a lot of people."

Mussina has repeatedly rejected offers to return to Baltimore, the last for $72 million over six years, saying they were for less than he is worth. Orioles owner Peter Angelos said if the Yankees want Mussina and he wants them, Baltimore will lose its ace.

Boston and the New York Mets also are interested, and Atlanta, Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Texas may be, too. The large-market teams have worried he might not want to play for them because he was born in Williamsport, Pa., and lives in Montoursville, Pa.

"At this time, Mike is quite comfortable with playing with either of the New York teams," the pitcher's agent, Arn Tellem, said Monday. Mussina probably will make a decision in the two weeks following Thanksgiving.

"It's now completing the process of talking with teams, and Mike getting as much information as he can from the players and teams directly," Tellem said. "The last point is agreeing on economic terms with the team."

Mussina would join a rotation that will include Roger Clemens, Orlando Hernandez and Andy Pettitte.

On a terrible Orioles team last season, Mussina was 11-15 with a 3.79 ERA, leaving his career record at 147-81.

Torre made clear the Yankees are interested in having David Cone return as their fifth starter -- if the price is right. Cone, 37, went 4-14 with a 6.91 ERA after agreeing to a $12 million, one-year contract, and New York would bring him back only under a deal for a small guarantee plus performance bonuses.

"I'm still convinced he can get people out," Torre said. "Before he dislocated his shoulder, I thought he was on his way back."

As for the bullpen, Torre said the Yankees are prepared to go on without right-handed setup man Jeff Nelson, who rejected a $9 million, three-year offer and became a free agent.

On other subjects, Torre said pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre agreed to return for next season. Stottlemyre, diagnosed a year ago with multiple myeloma, left the team Sept. 11 to undergo a stem-cell transplant and missed the postseason.

Torre said he would wait until spring training approaches to decide if he intends to manage after the 2001 season, the final year of his contract.

Torre thinks second baseman Chuck Knoblauch will get his throwing problem straightened out during the offseason. Doctors have not detected anything wrong with the elbow, which caused pain and forced Knoblauch into a designated hitter role.

"If he stops thinking about this, it might improve," Torre said. "That's just my opinion. ... It was stressing him out."

Torre has been monitoring the situation of Darryl Strawberry, jailed in Tampa, Fla., for violating probation. The outfielder, who became a free agent, also is battling cancer and told a judge he had stopped his treatment.

"It's sad," Torre said. "We certainly haven't changed our feelings toward him as a person. It hits a nerve for all of us."


 
Related information
Stories
Remaining Free Agents
CNNSI.com's Free Agent Watch
Yanks meet with Mussina's agent
Roundup: Cubs trade with Oakland for Stairs
SI's Tom Verducci: Rodriguez didn't make demands
Multimedia
Visit Multimedia Central for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day
Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


CNNSI Copyright © 2001
CNN/Sports Illustrated
An AOL Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.